Hops could fall out of favour in craft beer industry as brewers look to barley

29th November, 2017 by Edith Hancock

Heavily-hopped beers may be on the way out as farmers continue to raise the cost of their crops, according to Sharp’s beer sommelier Ed Hughes.

“The beer industry has been too hop-centric for several years,” Hughes told the drinks business.

“What we’re starting to see now is more brewers experimenting with traditional flavourings like malted barley.”

Hops have dominated the craft brewing for nearly a decade, but a combination of high demand and new agricultural advances could mean that the crop’s reign is coming to an end.

A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists has found even more notable differences in the taste of beers malted from barley varieties than previously thought.

The researchers, led by Oregon State University, said the findings are….

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4 Responses to “Hops could fall out of favour in craft beer industry as brewers look to barley”

  1. Jeff the Drunk says:

    Nonsense! Balderdash! Fiddle-Faddle and Horsehockey!

    Hopheads will always be hopheads no matter what flavor compounds are discovered in barley, water or yeast.

    Is this really a big new concept? That flavor in barley carries through to the beer? There has always been a huge variety of barley and other grain malts to brew with – because they contribute different flavors to the beer.

    Show me a drinkable un-hopped beer, and then we can talk about hops “falling out of favor”

    Jeebus H Cruikshank!

  2. Jim Matzek says:

    Using different types of grains is not a new concept. You need a bittering agent. More balanced beers yes, a surge in barely wine, doubtful. I have not seen the tyoe of price increases on hops mentioned in this article… rather misleading and way off the mark.

    • qq says:

      Don’t forget that UK hop merchants have had to deal with exchange rates going all over the place, going from $1.50 to $1.20 and then halfway back in the last 2 years, so there was 20% just from the exchange rate effect. Conversely the US has been shielded from the increases in British hops to some extent.

  3. Mike Mahone says:

    Like many people, I don’t like bitter tastes. Don’t like detergent, paracetamol, hops, battery acid, etc. Malt, on the other hand, is delicious; its sweet, rich, aromatic and when brewed into barley wine is fantastic – just too strong.
    So what is it with brewers that they insist beer must be bitter? If not hops, then they have to put something else in to “bitter” it.
    My old Dad, when he was alive, brewed excellent beer and tried zero hop lales a few times, they were outstanding. Everyone who tried them agreed and wanted more. Neighbours would always ask when he was going to brew another batch.
    OK, so maybe there’s a law in some countries that says beer must have hops. Simple solution, call it something else, e.g. barley ale. Just please, please, get it into your heads that there are many who would love an ale that hadn’t been spoiled with nasty bitter tastes.

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